Japan

Spring in Japan

We'll be back in Japan one month from now so it's probably a good time to finally post the photos from our most recent visit last Spring. This time around, my brother, Mark, and our friend, Brian, joined us as we traveled to new and familiar places. We based ourselves in Nagoya to start and had our first AirBnb experience (which we highly recommend and have almost booked exclusively through them for this upcoming trip) and hopped the train to Osaka, Tottori, and the surrounding rural communities. We then made our way to the all-time favourite, Izu peninsula, and went north to Nikko before ending in Tokyo.

David also made the commitment of shooting only on the Mamiya RZ67, which we affectionately named The Toaster for its size and sounds. This was the first real test of this camera and the results exceeded well beyond our expectations. The remainder of our photos are shot with a Nikon D800.

Hokkaido

We returned to Japan for the second time this January to ski and explore the northern island of Hokkaido. We spent a couple of days in Sapporo before heading off to our base in Furano, a town located in central Hokkaido that is filled with lavender fields in the summer. We stayed in a very comfortable hostel run by a very friendly family and had the place almost entirely to ourselves. Most of our skiing was done at Asahi-dake, Hokkaido's tallest mountain and an active volcano. Few things are as memorable as skiing under the steam rising up from the vents.

It snowed every day we were there and it was easy to tire out in snow that deep. We made sure to reserve days to just drive and walk around the area and we are now convinced that we'll be returning in the summer to see the landscape covered in flowers. The rural parts of Japan have been our favourite places to visit because we're able to see a simple and more familiar way of life. It's hard not to take photos of everything.

Our final days were spent in Tokyo - the city with endless things to do. The vibe of each neighbourhood varies so much that each train stop feels like its own separate town. We spent way too much money in the arcades and even made an appearance on a morning TV show as judges for a face mask fashion show.

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See you again soon, Japan.